Beauty and Birth Marks

Redlands-39This weekend I got a chance to hang out with one of my lovely new friends, Celine, who is visiting from the Philippines. She is a fellow fashion blogger too, so it’s awesome to have this in common. Her blog is still brand new, but I have a feeling it will take off like wildfire. It’s called “The MakeDoer”. Isn’t that an awesome blog title? Calls to mind the very attitude we need to have if we find ourselves feeling, well, inadequate/lacking/incapable in WHATEVER it is.

Guys, I’ve never told you before, but growing up I was INCREDIBLY self-conscious about myself. I guess I have one of those “people pleaser” characteristics. I was so afraid of what people thought of me, my looks, my style, anything. And when it came to my style, I had the hardest time just accepting who I was and let that show through my clothes. (By the way, I am only sharing this with you because I know you won’t judge me, and vice versa, if you have ever felt the same way, then we’re in the same boat, sister!)

See this BIRTH MARK on my arm??


People always ask about it. Even more often when I was little. “What’s THAT???”, “Oh my gosh, did you burn yourself?” Goodness, the questions and curiosity from my peers! I guess it is interesting; it’s bright pink. One of my best friends in 3rd grade even discovered that if you press it real hard, the color fades away and then turns pink again after a few seconds. That sounds so weird as I write it, I had to do it to myself to see how to describe it to you. Haha, the things kids do to experiment.

Well,  I just wanted you to know that if you have a pink birthmark or even something more notable, then AWESOME. You have something nobody else has, and that’s exactly what makes you cool and unique.

Embrace those things that make you different, girls. We have to MAKE DO, but not just stop there. Let’s love them and consider them beautiful. It’s one of those amazing qualities that people will admire about you. Know how beautiful you are by BEING who you are.

Redlands-37“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Audrey Hepburn

Outfit details: Top: April Snow  //  Skirt: April Snow  //  Heels: Nordstrom Rack  //  Tote:  Fossil  //  Belt: Target  //  Bracelets: Francesca’s & Vintage

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That One Outfit


Hi guys, and hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to find my routine from this past weekend’s festivities! There’s still laundry to do, rooms to clean… and did I tell you that Kyle and I went to the beach on Saturday? If you know me, you’ll know that I hardly ever go to the beach – at least to swim. Not to be so personal, but I really don’t like the sun that much, lol. What I mean is, I HATE getting tanned and especially sunburned. Being all day in the sun is not my cup of tea, although the beach is really beautiful to look at. And smell.

But for this little trip, we decided to wear the appropriate beach-wear, and got ourselves some bathing suits (I think the last time I owned one, it was baby pink :/, what does that tell you?) And when we finally got there and set up our blankets, guess how long we stayed? One whole hour. We put our things in the car and went for a long walk on a paved trail. Beautiful view, right? Now I know what to expect for next time.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAnyways, it got me thinking about how it’s important to have certain “go-to” items that you know will always work. (Side note, I’m not a fan of that word “go-to”. Is there another word I can use?) I talked a few blog posts ago about having a “resourcefulspecial occasion outfit. Well this dress today is my everyday/weekend/casual/fool-proof dress. I can dress it up or down, depending on the situation. It’s super easy to just throw on and go. It’s comfortable and versatile. Hits all of my checklist for a great staple item this summer!



I added the belt to create a more defined waist. It’s just a little loose on my top half, so belting it was my solution.

Have a great rest of your week!

Outfit details: Dress: H&M (similar)  //  Belt: Target  //  Necklace: New York & Company  //  Shoes: Reflection

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Holiday Inspired

July Blue -8I’ve been seeing a lot of 4th of July inspired outfits lately, so thought I’d share with you a twist on some red, white, and blue!

This is another darling find from Fleet Collection – the Etiquette Dress in Grey/Navy. Oh, how I love to wear the color navy. It’s one of those colors that I’ll never get tired of wearing. I paired it with a red belt for contrast, which for me is super fancy because I hardly wear accessories! I’ve never been a “theme” girl, but I suppose that dressing for holidays can inspire you to see your clothes in a new way. 4th of July is a great opportunity to do that.

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July Blue -5I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend!

Outfit details: Dress: c/o Fleet Collection  //  Belt: Target  //  Loafers: DSW  //  Clutch: JCrew  //  Sunglasses: Tiffany

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The Special Occasion Dress

Claremont Shoot-11Happy Monday, friends!

Can you believe it’s the last day of June? I know I’ve been really bad at posting here this month, but I’ve been working on a special little project (evil laugh:)) See that link in the top left corner? I’m hosting a FASHION E-CAMP!! It will be all about helping teenagers to find their fashion personalities! (Click here for more info)

Claremont Shoot-9So this post is all about functionality. We’ve been receiving a lot of invitations lately to special things like weddings and such,  and believe it or not I still get nervous about what I’m going to wear. I went searching for a dress that I could wear to any of these events – but let’s get real, I was hardly thinking that I would find it. I guess my mentality nowadays is all about building a wardrobe piece by piece, rather than only buying items that I’ll wear once or twice.

So out I went for a dress that would fit a multitude of situations, not thinking that it exists. I tried going into stores that I don’t usually shop at, and luckily found this cutie at New York & Company. (See the runner up dress here).

We all hear about those must-have staple items like “the little black dress” but for me, black is just not in my color palette. This dress has been the answer to my LBD. Let’s see, so far I’ve worn this to 2 weddings, a fashion workshop, and Kyle’s graduation. Looking at my calendar, my future self see’s my niece’s baptism and a birthday (for moi!). So you’ll have to believe me when I say that everyone should own a special occasion dress.

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It’s been so nice to have that security in the back of mind. You know, the mental certainty that I won’t need to furiously shop for an outfit to wear at the last minute. And maybe you won’t find that dress right away – that is totally ok. Though I think it’s important to invest in one in the future. I just cringe at how much money I’ve wasted on one-time-wear outfits!

Claremont Shoot-4Outfit details:  Dress: Eva Mendes for NY&C  //  Necklace: NY&C  //  Clutch: JCrew  //  Bracelet: Francesca’s  //  Heels: Chinese Laundry


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Where to Buy… Midiskirts


Hi all and happy Wednesday! In light of my recent post, some of you were asking me where to buy midi skirts, and just wanted to give you some quick ideas. I was super surprised to see so many great styles at Forever 21 and H&M, but in case you were interested in other ideas, here are some of my favorites:

(Pictured above) ASOS


 Fleet Collection



A few other tips for you: sometimes the midi can look overwhelming if you have a smaller frame, so make sure there’s not too much drapery happening.

Also, it has the tendency to make some people look shorter, which is my problem too. The trick here is to make sure the waist is fairly high (we’re talking above the hips at the belly button area or even higher.) Wearing a high waistline makes our legs look longer every time. And feel free to use this trick with pants and dresses too.

Hope you find one that you love!

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